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The Zika virus is considered a major global health risk, as infection during pregnancy is associated with babies born with microcephaly.

The numbers are daunting – 15% of the global population suffers from hearing loss, including a significant number of children, teenagers, and the elderly. Hearing loss presents a growing public health problem, due to ageing and an urban way of life that features excessive noise exposure.

The average cost of bringing a new drug to market is $2.6 billion, according to a 2014 report published by Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. This is a rise of 145%, adjusted for inflation, compared to just a decade earlier and is driven in part by the increasing complexity of clinical trials.

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies within the United States and Europe face an increasing number of hurdles when undertaking clinical trials within their own country or region; problems such as over saturated patient pools, difficulties meeting and maintaining enrollment numbers, increasing costs and lengthy time delays.

Despite the wide array of information systems available for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, we need to adopt a “follow-the-workflow” approach to overcome the process inefficiencies generated by quality and production silos.

Stem cell science has made huge progress since the early 1960s when Canadian researchers James Till and Ernest McCulloch discovered blood stem cells and advanced medical research across the globe.

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In addition to being a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization, Vetter is also a leader in the area of occupational health management.

Agendia, a world leader in personalized medicine and molecular cancer diagnostics, and University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) in Belgium have partnered to co-validate Agendia’s new in vitro diagnostic (IVD) MammaPrint® BluePrint® Breast Cancer Risk of Recurrence and Molecular Subtyping Kit.

In concert with its Brazilian partner, the iHealth Group, Clinerion has agreed with Bioserv SMO to add Bioserv’s trial sites to the PRS platform. The Hospital São Vicente de Paulo is the first implementation, bringing another 540 thousand patient lives to Clinerion’s coverage in Brazil.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the biopharmaceutical industry, has introduced a new version of its SIMCA® and SIMCA®-online data analytical solutions, which are offered by its subsidiary Sartorius Stedim Data Analytics, formerly known as Umetrics.

TraceLink Inc., the World's Largest Track and Trace Network for connecting the life sciences supply chain and providing real-time information sharing for better patient outcomes unveiled FutureLink.

ADC Biotechnology – a specialist ADC contract services company with proprietary conjugation technology designed to overcome process and aggregation challenges during the development of new ADCs – announces the signing of a partnership agreement with multi-disciplined engineering specialists, WHP.

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Agendia, a world leader in personalized medicine and molecular cancer diagnostics, and Institute Curie in Paris, France, a leading player in the fight against cancer.

Torque, an immuno-oncology company developing Deep Primed cell therapies that direct and evoke immune responses in the tumor microenvironment, announced the launch of its technology platform to create a new class of immune cell therapeutics to treat cancer, financed with $25 million in Series A capital by Flagship Pioneering.

Eisai Co., Ltd. has announced that its German sales company Eisai GmbH and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband) have agreed on a reimbursement price for Eisai's antiepileptic drug (AED) Fycompa (perampanel). 

Eisai Co .Ltd. announced that a presentation on the updated analysis of a global Phase Ib/II clinical study (ENHANCE 1 / Study 218) of its in-house discovered and developed anticancer agent eribulin mesylate (halichondrin class microtubule dynamics inhibitor, product name: Halaven, eribulin).

OSE Immunotherapeutics announces that the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) has recommended to the trial’s steering committee that accrual of the Tedopi® Phase 3 trial for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could resume with a specified new recruitment strategy focused on a subgroup of patients who have failed a previous treatment with PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI).

Plasticell, a developer of innovative stem cell technologies and cell therapies announced it will collaborate with Anthony Nolan, a leading research organisation dedicated to saving the lives of people with blood cancers, to progress clinical development of Plasticell’s ex vivo expanded cord-blood derived hematopoietic stem cell product.

Orchard Therapeutics , a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with rare disorders through innovative gene therapies, announced the opening of a second facility for technical operations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Batavia Biosciences announces the expansion of its viral vector process development facilities in the USA and its GMP clean room facilities in the Netherlands to accommodate the increasing market demand.

Recipharm, a leading contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) and Kancera, a development company focused on cancer therapy, have signed a contract for the development and manufacture of the pharmaceutical candidate KAND567.

Multi Packaging Solutions, (MPS), a business of WestRock Company and a leader in value-added print and packaging solutions for the healthcare, branded consumer and multi-media markets, in partnership with Smartglyph, a UK technology business, can now offer customers the ability to allow their packs to ‘talk’ to the consumer.

Contract packaging organisation (CPO), Tjoapack, has launched its new bottle packing line following a major investment earlier this year.

The Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine from Bosch, has been honoured with the German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Product Design category.